Aubrayo Franklin - NT
David Baas - OG/C
Barry Sims - OT
Ahmed Brooks - DE/LB
Dre Bly - CB
Free Agency -
Stephen Neal - OG - Patriots
- The main thing McCloughan needs to focus on for the 2010 season is addressing critical holes in an efficient way. Neal is a top OG in the league, and a huge step up amongst Snyder, Rachal, or Baas at RG. Outstanding in pass protection and solid in run blocking, Neal would be a nice fit for the 49ers. Cali native as well.
Antrell Rolle - FS - Cardinals
- While Rolle isn't a top 5 FS, he's certainly an upgrade for Goldson. I am not in favor of moving Goldson to SS, but I wouldn't be surprised to see Goldson in the Mark Roman role for a year until Lewis is gone. Rolle has proven his worth as a starter at FS.
NFL Draft -
R1: C.J. Spiller - RB/WR/ST - Clemson
- When the Vikings selected Percy Harvin, they faced severe criticism for taking a raw prospect that could play RB and WR. Many argued that he would have a rough adjustment to the NFL, and would only contribute to special teams. Harvin proved them wrong, and almost helped his team to the SB.
When I think of Spiller and the criticisms that some posters have of the selection in other mocks, I am reminded by the Vikings choice of Harvin. The fact of the matter is that we lack speed at RB. We lack speed at WR. We lack speed and talent at the kick/punt returner position. The fact that one player can address those issues VERY WELL speaks volume as to why we need to invest in that type early in the draft.
R1: Trent Williams - OT - Oklahoma
- No surprise here. Williams is the natural RT we need to secure the spot for the entire decade. Is it possible he may not be here? Sure, but there are other options like Bulaga or Campbell.
*Trade 49ers 2nd and 4th round draft picks for an early 2nd round pick*
R2: Brandon Spikes - ILB - Florida
- With our immediate needs addressed, we can now add tangible prospects for special teams and future starters. Spikes learning from Spikes is picture perfect in my book. The trade up will be worth it.
R3: Mike Neal - DE/NT - Purdue
- Goodbye Demetric Evans, hello Mike Neal. With the question marks around Balmer, it may be wise to invest in a NT/DE prospect. Our 3-4 D is only as good as the front seven.
R5: Chris Marinelli - OT - Stanford
- Snyder does not belong at OT ever again. Marinelli would be a good backup to Trent Williams.
R6: Jim Dray - TE - Stanford
- Solid blocking TE
R7: Sam Shields - CB/WR - Miami
- Potential ST contributor and KR/PR guy. Very raw.
UDFA: O'Brien Schofield - DE/OLB - Wisconsin
- With a torn ACL, I am not sure if teams will select him in the draft. If he's available, McCloughan better pursue the f**k out of him. Good prospect.
Depth Chart -
ST: Nedney, Lee, Jennings